Great Outlet for Readers and Writers !!!

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Readers:

Read and Rate New Works From a Diverse Group of New and Upcoming Authors

Rate new stories and provide direct feedback to authors in three stages as they move through the elevation process. You decide which stories get in front of publishers and agents…

Writers:

Get Feedback From Readers and Writers, Plus the Chance to be Showcased to Agents

Β WE Book is a great outlet for gauging the professional readiness of writing. Submit the first page of a story, if it makes to the next round, submit the first five pages. The last stage is 50 pages, with each stage being a rating period where community voting decides which stories are elevated to the next round. There are also monthly short story contests that are both fun and enlightening.

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I’ve been a member now for a couple of months, and I really like it so far; the short story contests are fun and challenge me to step out of my comfort zone, while providing direct feedback at the same time. The “Page to Fame” section is a win-win, because even if stories don’t make it to the next round, I get an idea as to why. With this feedback, I can improve my writing. Feedback has been tough to come by, for me at least, so I find this type of outlet invaluable. I hope you do too!

Write On!!!

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Facebook Author Groups

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Some Great Facebook Groups for Authors

Promote, share and discover new authors and stories…

(Read Rules Before Joining)

* Books Gone Viral *

* Author Exchange *

* Indie Author Book Promotion *

* Book Promotion *

* Online Book Publicity *

* Author Meeting Place *

* Authors Promotion Page *

* Sci-Fi,Horror,Fantasy,Paranormal etcΒ etc *

Write On!!!

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KBoards Book Discovery Feature

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Not a typical fantasy…

“There’s fantasy, evil, violence and compassion all brilliantly wrapped in this short story with an unbelievable ending. William Petersen is an incredible story teller and his stories are not to be passed up.” – Amazon.com 5-Star Review

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“Mythical” is featured on the KBoards Book Discovery today!

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Secrets of the Samurai Squid

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This is a short story I wrote for an April Fools’ flash fiction contest at WeBook.

The theme, of course, is fools…

(If you are a WeBook member, go to the April Contest area to rate this and other stories.)

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Secrets of the Samurai Squid

 

My office door flew open, the sound of my secretary, Kathy, arguing with a visitor, pouring into the room and vanquishing my peace.

β€œYou can’t go in there!” Kathy exclaimed.

A disheveled man barged in, brushing Kathy aside with his bulk. He wore a tan trench coat and promptly sat himself down in one of the chairs facing my desk. His smell wafted over to me, causing me to gag a little. I cleared my throat and waved Kathy off, as the man was clearly not here to harm me.

β€œWhat can I do for you, Mr.?”

β€œThat’s not important right now. What is important is what I have to tell you,” the mystery man declared, β€œI’m a diver, or at least, I used to be. They fired me when I told them.”

β€œAbout what?” I inquired.

β€œI’ve discovered where corals really come from,” he revealed.

β€œUmm, haven’t scientists known about that for a while?” I asked.

β€œSamurai squid,” the man stated.

β€œWhat?”

β€œI’ve seen them. Medium-size squid with little samurai swords and white head-bands, complete with Japanese writing over a big red dot. They roam the shallow oceans carving the coral out of solid rock with eight swords buzzing like mad. The animals move in after. I know it sounds crazy…but look at this,” he said, reaching into his coat.

A wave of panic washed over me for a brief moment, as I wholly expected him to produce a gun and shoot me in the name of some alien overlord, or just because I was the editor of a prestigious nature magazine. To my relief, the man deposited a rolled up cloth on the corner of my desk. I gingerly reached for it and began to unroll the package, hoping that there wasn’t a finger inside.

I must have stared at the tiny, five-inch long sword for quite a while. The stranger broke the spell with, β€œPretty amazing, isn’t it?”

β€œWell, I must say, it is intriguing. But what does it prove? You could have picked this up anywhere. Although, the craftsmanship is impressive. They’re obviously not giant squid then,” I deduced aloud.

β€œIt’s probably just one species. Or, who knows, maybe they all have swords? This isn’t the first time science has been wrong about something,” he countered.

β€œThen why haven’t we seen scars on other animals that prey on them, or why are there no scars on the squids themselves, from when they fight each other?”

β€œBecause they fight to the death. There are no survivors. And seriously, what kind of animal is going to take on a samurai with eight arms? Think about it…” the man offered.

β€œThere’s just one problem with your theory,” I revealed triumphantly, β€œnot all squid are Japanese…”

 

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